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September 6, 2002


These articles appeared in recently released journals and newsletters. They include articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers; articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ; articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers; articles mentioning the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force/Put Prevention into Practice; articles mentioning the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry and Agency-supported activities relating to the Quality Interagency Task Force; and other research using AHRQ data.


AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Cardiology
Canto JG, Fincher C, Kiefe CI, et al. Atypical presentations among Medicare beneficiaries with unstable angina pectoris. Am J Cardiol 2002 Aug 1; 90(3):248-53. [Grant No. HS08843.]

Anesthesiology
Fraind DB, Slagle JM, Tubbesing TA, et al. Reengineering intravenous drug and fluid administration processes in the operating room. Anesthesiology 2002 Jul; 97(1):139-47. [Grant Nos. R01 HS11375 and P20 HS11521.]

Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Jones J, Terndrup TE, Franz DR, et al. Future challenges in preparing for and responding to bioterrorism events. Emerg Med Clinics North Am 2002 May; 20(2):501-24. [Contract No. 290-00-0022.]

Health Care Financing Review
Solomon LS, Zaslavsky AM, Landon BE, et al. Variation in patient-reported quality among health care organizations. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Summer; 23(4):85-100. [Cooperative Agreement No. HS0925.]

International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Hadley J, Mitchell JM. The growth of managed care and changes in physicians' incomes, autonomy, and satisfaction, 1991-1997. Int J Health Care Financ Econ 2002 Mar; 2(1):37-50. [Grant No. 17-C-90395.]

Greenberg W, Goldberg LG. The determinants of hospital and HMO vertically integrated delivery systems in a competitive health care sector. Int J Health Care Financ Econ 2002 Mar; 2(1):51-68. [First author is former AHRQ.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Orosz GM, Hannan EL, Magaziner J, et al. Hip fracture in the older patient: reasons for delay in hospitalization and timing of surgical repair. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Aug; 50(8):1336-40. Hip fracture in the older patient: reasons for delay in hospitalization and timing of surgical repair. [Grant No. U18 HS09459-0.]

Hay J, LaBree L, Luo R, et al. Cost-effectiveness of preventive occupational therapy for independent-living older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Aug; 50(8):1381-8. [Partially supported by AHRQ, no grant number given.]

Journal of the National Medical Association
Flores G. Mad scientists, compassionate healers, and greedy egotists: the portrayal of physicians in the movies. J Natl Med Assoc 2002 Jul; 94(7):635-58. [Author supported by AHRQ Independent Scientist Award.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Farley DO, Elliott MN, Short PF, et al. Effect of CAHPS® performance information on health plan choices by Iowa Medicaid beneficiaries. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Sep; 59(3):319-36. [Grant No. 5U18 HS09204-05.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Califf RM The need for a national infrastructure to improve the rational use of therapeutics. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2002 Jun; 11(4):319-27. [Grant No. U18 HS10548.]

Statistics in Medicine
Parzen M, Lipsitz SR, Ibrahim JG, et al. A weighted estimating equation for linear regression with missing covariate data. Stat Med 2002 Aug 30; 21(16):2421-36. [Grant No. HS10871.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Criteria for FY 2002 quality report open for public comment, AHRQ says. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Aug 26; 10(34):1149-50. [Summarizes Federal Register notice published August 19, 2002.]

BNA's Health Plan & Provider Report
Criteria for FY 2002 quality report open for public comment, AHRQ says. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2002 Aug 21; 8(34):957. [Summarizes Federal Register notice published August 19, 2002.]

Business & Health
Tselikis P. Population-based medicine: A winding road to nowhere? Bus Health 2002; 20(1 Suppl):44-49. [In annual supplement, The State of Health Care in America, 2002; cites AHRQ's patient safety report.]

Clinical Journal of Women's Health
Tammaro D, McGarry KA, Cyr MG. Role of the primary care physician in the care and prevention of hip fracture. Clin J Women Health 2002 Jun; 2(2):65-78. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Classen et al, N Engl J Med, 1992.]

Health Care Financing Review
Kapp MC. Provider- and Plan-specific measures of quality. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Summer; 23(4):1-4. [Cites article in same issue on Consumer Assessment of Health of Health Plan Study (CAHPS®).]

Barr JK, Boni CE, Kochurka KA, et al. Public reporting of hospital patient satisfaction: the Rhode Island experience. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Summer; 23(4):51-70. [Cites articles on CAHPS® by Crofton et al, Med Care, 1999, and Guadagnoli et al, Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 2000.]

Walsh EG, Osber DS, Nason CA, et al. Quality improvement in a primary care case management program. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Summer; 23(4):71-84. [Cites AHRQ-funded study by Hofer et al, JAMA, 1999.]

Long SK, Coughlin TA, Kendall SJ. Access to care among disabled adults on Medicaid. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Summer; 23(4):159-73. [Cites Cornelius, Beauregard and Cohen, "Usual Sources of Medical Care and Their Characteristics," NMES Research Findings 11, 1991.]

Health News Daily
Medical errors legislation to be taken up by Ways & Means subcommittee September 10. Health News Daily 2002 Sep 5; 14(171):2-3. [Cites letter from Democrats suggesting a hearing featuring witnesses from AHRQ and other patient safety experts in the field.]

AHRQ small business program to be high priority for manufacturers' lobby in 2003. Health News Daily 2002 Sep 5; 14(171):6-7. [Describes proposal by the National Association of Manufacturers for the creation of a government program operated under the auspices of AHRQ to educate small businesses about health care quality and better benefits purchasing.]

Proposed NIH ephedrine panel could select topics for additional research-Metabolife. Health News Daily 2002 Aug 23; 14(164):5. [Mentions AHRQ-funded systematic review of ephedra being conducted by RAND.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Saliba D, Schnelle JF. Indicators of the quality of nursing home residential care. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Aug; 50(8): 1421-1430. [Cites Rhoades et al, "Nursing Home Trends, 1987 and 1996," MEPS Chartbook No. 3, 1999.]

Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
Mechanic D. Improving the quality of health care in the United States of America: the need for a multi-level approach. J Health Serv Res Policy 2002 Jul; 7(Suppl 1):35-39. [Describes CAHPS®.]

Journal of Women's Health & Gender-Based Medicine
Marts SA. Interdisciplinary Research is Key to Understanding Sex Differences: report from the Society for Women's Health Research Meeting on Understanding the Biology of Sex Differences. J Women Health Gend Based Med 2002 Jul-Aug; 11(6):501-509. [Cites AHRQ's involvement in the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health program.]

Medical Care Research & Review
Rost K, Fortney J, Fischer E, et al. Use, quality, and outcomes of care for mental health: the rural perspective. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Sep; 59(3):321-5. [Cites Cornelius, Beauregard and Cohen, "Usual Sources of Medical Care and Their Characteristics," NMES Research Findings 11, 1991.]

Coburn AF, McBride TD, Ziller EC. Patterns of health insurance coverage among rural and urban children. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Sep; 59(3):272-292. [Cites Weinick, Weigers and Cohen, Health Aff, 1998.]

Hall Ma, Zhen B, Dugan E, et al. Measuring patients' trust in their primary care providers. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Sep; 59(3):293-318. [Cites AHRQ report Health Insurance Status of the Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population: 1998, 2000.]

Medicine & Health
Safety gurus say report takes wrong tack. Med Health 2002 Aug 26; 56(31):4. [Reviews articles in the July 24-31 issue of JAMA which criticize AHRQ's evidence-based report on patient safety.]

Public Health Reports
Manos MM, Leyden WA, Resendez CI, et al. A community-based collaboration to assess and improve medical insurance status and access to health care of Latino children. Public Health Rep 2001 Nov-Dec; 116(6):575-584. [Cites Weinick and Krauss, Am J Public Health, 2000.]

Research on Aging
Aykan H. Do state Medicaid policies affect the risk of nursing home entry among the elderly? Evidence from the AHEAD study. Res Aging 2002 Sep; 24(5):487-512. [Cites Rhoades and Krauss, "Nursing Home Trends, 1997 and 1996," MEPS Survey Chartbook No. 3, 1999.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force/Put Prevention into Practice-Related Articles

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Whitlock EP, Orleans CT, Pender N, et al. Evaluating primary care behavioral counseling interventions: an evidence-based approach. Am J Prev Med 2002 May; 22(4):267-84. [Contract No. 290-97-0018.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Workowski KA, Levine WC, Wasserheit JN. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for the Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases: an opportunity to unify clinical and public health practice. Ann Intern Med 2002 Aug 20; 137(4):255-62. [Cites Task force guidelines for chlamydia screening.]

Humphrey LL, Chan BKS, Sox HC. Postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy and the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Ann Intern Med 2002 Aug 20; 137(4):273-84. [Task Force review and recommendations developed under Contract No. 290-97-0018, Task Order No. 2.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for breast cancer: Recommendations and rationale. Ann Intern Med 2002 Sep 3; 137(5 Part 1):344-46. [Summarizes Task Force guidelines on breast cancer screening.]

Humphrey LL, Helfand M, Chan BKS, et al. Breast cancer screening: A summary of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2002 Sep 3; 137(5 Part 1):347-60. [Conducted under Contract No. 290-97-0018, Task Order No. 2.]

Sox HC. Screening mammography for younger women: Back to basics. [editorial.] Ann Intern Med 2002 Sep 3; 137(4 Part 1):361-62. [Comments on Task Force recommendations on mammography cited above.]

Goodman SN. The mammography dilemma: A crisis for evidence-based medicine? [editorial.] Ann Intern Med 2002 Sep 3; 137(5 Part 1):363-65. [Comments on Task Force recommendations on mammography cited above.]

Health Care Financing Review
Adler GS, Shatto A. Screening for osteoporosis and colon cancer under Medicare. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Summer; 23(4):189-200. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Nelson HD, Humphrey LL, Nygren P, et al. Postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy: scientific review. JAMA 2002 Aug 21; 288(7):872-81. [Conducted under Contract No. 290-97-0018, Task Order No. 2.]

Spangler JG, George G, Foley KL, et al. Tobacco intervention training. Current efforts and gaps in US medical schools. JAMA 2002 Aug 21; 288(7):1102-9. [Cites Task Force guidelines on tobacco use counseling in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
Primary care physicians' counseling on exercise isn't endorsed. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Aug 23; 13(16):3. [Summarizes Task Force guidelines on exercise counseling published in Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Women & Health
Randolph WM, Freeman DH, Freeman JL. Pap smear use in a population of older Mexican-American women. Women Health 2002; 36(1):21-31. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Quality Commission/QuIC Task Force-Related Articles

Health Care Financing Review
Harris Y, Clauser SB. Achieving improvement through nursing home quality measurement. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Summer; 23(4):5-17. [Cites National Quality Forum.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Wang G, Zhen ZJ, Heath G, et al. Economic burden of cardiovascular disease associated with excess body weight in U.S. adults. Am J Prev Med 2002 Jul; 23(1):1-6. [Uses 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Cancer
Max W, Rice DP, Sung HY, et al. The economic burden of prostate cancer, California, 1998. Cancer 2002 Jun 1; 94(11):2906-13. [Uses data from 1997 MEPS.]

Health Care Financing Review
Zaslavsky AM, Shaul JA, Zaborski LB, et al. Combining health plan performance indicators into simpler composite measures. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Summer; 23(4):101-15. [Uses CAHPS® measures as study variable/focus.]

Lied TR, Malsbary R, Eisenberg C, et al. Combining HEDIS indicators: A new approach to measuring plan performance. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Summer; 23(4):117-29. [Uses CAHPS® for comparative analysis.]

Langwell KM, Moser JW. Strategies for Medicare health plans serving racial and ethnic minorities. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Summer; 23(4):131-47. [Uses CAHPS® Medicare Managed Care (MMC) data.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Stewart SH, Silverstein MD. Racial and ethnic disparity in blood pressure and cholesterol measurement. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Jun; 17(6):405-11. [Uses modified version of MEPS Household Component.]

DeLaet DE, Shea S, Carrasquillo O. Receipt of preventive services among privately insured minorities in managed care versus fee-for-service insurance plans. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Jun; 17(6): 451-57. [Uses and analyzes data from MEPS Household Component.]

Corbie-Smith G, Flagg EW, Doyle JP, et al. Influence of usual source of care on differences by race/ethnicity in receipt of preventive services. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Jun; 17(6):458-64. [Uses data from 1996 MEPS.]

Psychiatric Services
Goldberg RW, Seybolt DC, Lehman A. Reliable self-report of health service use by individuals with serious mental illness. Psychiatr Serv 2002 Jul; 53(7):879-81. [Uses 1996 MEPS Household Component.]

Research on Aging
Sirin SR, Castle NG, Smyer M. Risk factors for physical restraint use in nursing homes. Res Aging 2002 Sep; 24(5):513-27. [Uses 1996 MEPS Nursing Home Component.]

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